Parenting Apart Rosanne Cubitt Head of Professional Practice, Relationships Scotland Parenting Apart Facilitator and Family Mediator, Relationships Scotland Family Mediation South Lanarkshire December 2008
Parenting Apart Groups Information and skills for parents so that they can help their children to successfully manage separation or divorce
<ul><li>Parenting Apart Groups </li></ul><ul><li>complement other services and support </li></ul><ul><li>share research and provide information </li></ul><ul><li>develop skills and insight </li></ul><ul><li>normalise separation and divorce </li></ul>
Parenting Apart Groups - Structure 3 hour workshops to groups of parents information, discussion, practice, DVD, materials parents can go to the same or different groups groups run at different times and days refreshments!
Parenting Apart Groups - Content The emotional process of separation What children need and what they need to hear Developing a working relationship with your ex
Parenting Apart Groups - development US and Australia In a US study of 10,000 parents, over 90% said that parent education had increased their appreciation of the importance of their child’s relationship with the other parent, and that they would recommend the groups to other separating parents. Christina McGhee, US Divorce Coach and Parent Educator Institute of Family Therapy in London
What parents do is the most important determinant of whether or not children are at risk The Truth about Children and Divorce, Emery, 2004
Parenting Apart Groups helping families to thrive, not just to survive separation